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School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
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School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Specialty Advising

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School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) students benefit from a range of advisors across the university with expertise in a wide variety of academic and career knowledge. Students should consult with advisors in the appropriate offices below as they plan their academic paths.

  • The Health Professions Office (HPO) is a full-time operation serving the needs of students and alumni of Rutgers University-New Brunswick who are planning to apply to schools of medicine, dentistry, and other graduate specialties. In addition to advising students, the office provides a variety of services including maintaining an HPO database, website, and electronic files, digitizing and submitting letters of evaluation, coordinating workshops and various events, mentoring student organizations, and generating a monthly newsletter of events and deadlines. For further information, see the Health Professions Office website or email the office at The HPO is located at Nelson Biological Laboratories, 604 Allison Rd., Room A-207, Piscataway, NJ 08854.

  • The prelaw advisers at the Office of Undergraduate Education counsel students interested in preparing for admission to law school. A library of law school catalogs and resource materials is available, as are statistics about applications and acceptances to law school. For further information, see the Pre-Law Advising website.

  • New Jersey does not have a college of veterinary medicine. New Jersey residents who wish to become doctors of veterinary medicine and practice in the United States can obtain their professional education at one of the colleges of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) after completing prerequisite course requirements. There are only 30 accredited veterinary schools in the United States, and three states have two schools: California, Tennessee, and Alabama. There are also AVMA accredited foreign veterinary schools in Canada (5), Australia (4), West Indies (2), Scotland (2), and one each in England, Mexico, the Netherlands, Ireland, and France.

    Admission to veterinary school is based on a combination of grades (usually a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0 to even be considered), letters of recommendation from professors and veterinarians, experience in a veterinary practice and/or research, and performance on standardized tests (see below). To prepare for admission to a veterinary college, the student must have acquired a strong scientific and liberal arts background. Most veterinary colleges require at least one, often two, semesters of the following undergraduate subjects: biochemistry, biology, English, general chemistry, genetics, microbiology, organic chemistry and physics. In addition, some will also require courses in statistics, physiology, and even public speaking. The undergraduate program should also provide a broad and diversified background of experiential learning (practicums and internships) enabling students to achieve their full potential as an individual and a member of society. All of the colleges do require that the applicants have experience working with veterinarians in clinical and/or research settings, and some require documentation of the amount of time spent in veterinary practice and/or research. Graduate Record Examinations are required by most colleges of veterinary medicine, usually taken in the spring or summer before the student applies for admission.

    Veterinary Aptitude Tests are required by a few schools. Since the prerequisites do differ among the colleges, applicants must check with the individual schools regarding specific course and test requirements. Most colleges of veterinary medicine require a minimum of three years of university-level study prior to admission. Most successful candidates for admission have completed a bachelor of science degree in biological, animal, or agricultural science programs. However, colleges of veterinary medicine do not dictate where or in what degree program applicants should be enrolled for preprofessional study. Most veterinary colleges recommend, however, that applicants pursue a baccalaureate degree in the area of their second choice of vocation. That way if the candidate is not admitted to a college of veterinary medicine, the time spent in preparatory studies may be applied to careers in related sciences, such as human medicine, animal science, biology, biotechnology, laboratory animal science, medical technology, or wildlife biology.

    There is no contractual agreement between the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) and out-of-state colleges of veterinary medicine for the acceptance of New Jersey residents.

    However, qualified students from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences have been admitted to veterinary medical programs at almost every AVMA-accredited college of veterinary, with many being admitted to more than one program.Further information on application procedures and the Veterinary Medical Education Contract Program are available in the Department of Animal Sciences, Bartlett Hall.